Mahindra Rise- Driverless Car Challenge

Mahindra Driverless Car Challenge

Last date to apply

September 19, 2014

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About Mahindra Spark the Rise Driverless Car Challenge

  • The Mahindra Group of Companies has launched a new innovation for the youth of India to develop a working unit of a driverless car for Indian Conditions.
  • Spark the Rise was launched in the year 2011.

What basically is the concept of driverless car?

Today, when our lives have become overly busy and dependent on automobiles like cars, there is also a significant change in our lives which is becoming stressful and full of fatigue. The stressful driver of today and added to it the condition of Indian roads have become a leading source of road accidents in the country.

With the innovation of auto pilots in plane, the Mahindra group of industries has sought out to introduce a similar concept with the most used automobile that is auto car.

It is this belief that has driven the setting up of Spark the Rise and now, the Rise Prize. The Rise Prize is a logical extension of the Mahindra brand philosophy/purpose of “challenging conventional thinking to drive positive change for all stakeholders”. Through the Rise Prize, Mahindra hopes to catalyze disruptive innovations from India.

The ‘challenge’ is to develop and demonstrate a driverless car working model that is :

• Built on the e2o or XUV5OO platform

• Suitable for Indian roads and driving conditions

• Affordable to build and operate

• Scalable to different platforms

• Clean, green and connected

• Meets functional safety requirements

• Adaptable to special applications – e.g. differently-abled users

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Mahindra Spark the Rise Driverless Car Challenge Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region India
Class/ Age People of all ages can participate provided that the Team Leader is above 18 Years
  • People can participate as individuals, teams ,Institutions on the condition that the work done in developing the technology & solving the challenge is carried out within the geographical regions of India.
  • A team can consist of a maximum 20 members.
  • Organizations like foreign universities, Indian subsidiaries of foreign companies, foreign colleges and campuses lying inside the geographical boundaries of India can participate.
  • Any non-Indian residing in India and associated with an Indian
    organization or institution, an Indian subsidiary of a foreign company,
    or Indian campuses of foreign schools or universities can also participate provided the fact that the work is carried out in India.
  • Candidates must be registered with sparktherise.com
  • An Institute can have more than one team representing them in the challenge.

Mahindra Spark the Rise Driverless Car Challenge Reward

  • Total Prize money available for the challenge is $700,000, the challenge is to build a driverless car that can revolutionize transportation in India. 
  • Prize will be paid out in Indian Rupees.
  • Maximum two prizes would be given out.

Other Benefits are

  • Meeting with industry experts, potential mentors, and join a growing community of innovation stars in India.
  • Get privileged access to events across the country, and take part in webinars, Twitter chats, and Google Hangouts.
  • Free access to Mahindra's resources section for the latest updates on the innovation landscape in India.

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Mahindra Spark the Rise Driverless Car Challenge Application form and Process

Application process for Driverless Car Challenge

  • The person has to apply online and after submitting the application the person will receive the notification within 15 days whether the person/team has been shortlisted for further process.
  • Candidates will be notified after 15 days of applying.
  • Only shortisted candidates will be called out.

Important Dates for Mahindra Driverless Car Challenge 2014

March 24, 2014- September 19, 2014

Submission of application

April 7, 2014- August 29,2014

Evaluation of applications and announcements.

April 14,2014-December 19,2014

Approach note submission

May 12,2014-Janurary 16,2015


January 9, 2015- Feburary 8, 2015

Live presentations

January 26, 2015- Feburary 6, 2015

Announcement of teams of stage 1

March 16, 2015

Working prototypes

16 September, 2015

Full solution demonstrations


Mahindra Spark the Rise Driverless Car Challenge Selection Process

  • The applications submitted online would be selected by a team of jury
  • The selected participants would be notified through e-mail

The selection would depend upon

  • The team profile and background           
  • Strength and clarity
  • Originality
  • Clarity of approach
  • Clarity in depth in defining India-centric approach

Mahindra Spark the Rise Driverless Car Challenge Address

 First Floor, Mahindra Towers, Dr. G. M Bhosale Marg, Worli -Mumbai – 400018

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